How does the ISP Tutor align with Next Generation and PA Science Standards?
Instruction in the ISP Tutor aligns with NGSS’s Science and Engineering Practices of Planning & Carrying Out Investigations:
• Plan an investigation individually and collaboratively, and in the design: identify independent and dependent variables and controls, what tools are needed to do the gathering, how measurements will be recorded, and how many data are needed to support a claim; Conduct an investigation and/or evaluate and/or revise the experimental design to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence that meet the goals of the investigation.
For elementary grades 3-5:
• Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved (NGSS: 3-5-ETS1-3).
• Identify the variables in a simple investigation (PDESAS: S3.A.2.1.3).
For middle school grades, 6-8:
• Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and mass of the object (NGSS: MS-PS2-2).
• Design a controlled experiment by specifying how the independent variables will be manipulated, how the dependent variable will be measured and which variables will be held constant (PDESAS: S8.A.2.1.3).
Benefits of using the ISP Tutor in your classroom:
Provides in-depth, targeted instruction about Experimental Design and Control of Variables Strategy (CVS) which can help students design and understand how to create valid science experiments.
The ISP Tutor is free and adaptive.
Supports instruction related to NGSS Engineering Design standards and PA Science Standards.
Will provide individual student progress reports which will be exportable and used in teacher or student portfolios.